Mick Dumke is a reporter for ProPublica Illinois. He came to ProPublica after two years on the Watchdogs team at the Chicago Sun-Times, where he reported on the dismantling of public housing, the impacts of the state budget crisis on prisoner re-entry and the police department’s use of a secret watch list. Before that, he spent almost a decade as a politics writer and editor for the Chicago Reader. Among his investigations, he reported on racial disparities in drug enforcement and the privatization of Chicago’s parking meter system and other public assets. He has also worked as a reporter and editor at the Chicago Reporter magazine, taught social studies at an alternative high school and studied religion at Northwestern University and McCormick Theological Seminary.
by Mick Dumke | Jan 20, 2015
H.W. Brands's new biography challenges popular myths about our 40th president.
by Mick Dumke | Jun 1, 2015
West Humboldt is one of America's biggest open-air drug markets. What does that mean for its residents?
by Mick Dumke | Apr 25, 2012
Change is in the air like never before.
by Mick Dumke | Mar 4, 2019
by Mick Dumke | Oct 18, 2018
by Mick Dumke | Sep 13, 2018
Archived letters to former Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley bring up familiar concerns about unrest, policing, political divisions, and “propaganda.”
by Mick Dumke | Aug 21, 2018
Can Cook County's state's attorney convince voters she's more than a lock-'em-up prosecutor from a bygone era?
by Mick Dumke | Sep 16, 2015
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